Robert Slinn’s chemical picks

  • Eliminating arsenic from drinking water – An iron-rich, porous material can remove arsenic from drinking water in under two hours, say Chinese scientists.
  • Touchscreens Made of Carbon – Touchscreens are in – although the technology still has its price. The little screens contain rare and expensive elements. This is the reason why researchers at Fraunhofer are coming up with an alternative display made of low-priced renewable raw materials available all over the world. The researchers are presenting touchscreens that contain carbon nanotubes at the nano tech 2011 fair in Tokyo
  • A dash of disorder yields a very efficient photocatalyst – Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) jumbled the atomic structure of the surface layer of titanium dioxide nanocrystals, creating a catalyst that is both long lasting and more efficient than all other materials in using the sun's energy to extract hydrogen from water.
  • "Catch-up" growth signals revealed – University of Michigan researchers have uncovered molecular signals that regulate catch-up growth—the growth spurt that occurs when normal conditions are restored after a fetus, young animal or child has been ill, under stress or deprived of enough food or oxygen to grow properly. The results could lead to better understanding of why babies who undergo catch-up growth are at higher risk in later life for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and other health problems.
  • DNA caught rock ‘n rollin’ – DNA, that marvelous, twisty molecule of life, has an alter ego, research at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Irvine reveals.

Robert Slinn refluxes the chemistry news and extracts a goodly yield for Reactive Reports.